Feb 21 2012

Eight Amazing Lines in Movies that Were Unscripted

Published by at 8:00 am under Movies

Casablanca – “Here’s Looking at You Kid”

I had no idea about this one.   Probably the most famous line in movie history and it wasn’t even written for the film.  Wow.

The Shining – “Here’s Johnny!”

I could so see Nicholson doing this on his own.  And of course he did.   Definitely the most popular line in the film.

Taxi Driver – “You Talking to Me?”

This was the first of a string of times when Robert Da Niro would repeat the same line over and over again.  His other most memorable time doing this was in Goodfellas when he says “what did I tell you?”

Silence of the Lambs – “Shhhhhhhhh”

Remember that whole fava beans speech given by Lecter?  That scary little shooshing sound he makes?   Hopkins felt an impulse to make it.  Nicely done.

*Not one line but almost the entire dialogue of the drill sargeant in Full Metal Jacket was apparently improvised.  I find that unbelievable.

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18 Responses to “Eight Amazing Lines in Movies that Were Unscripted”

  1. Gilon 21 Feb 2012 at 8:22 am

    R. Lee Ermey was an actual drill instructor in the marine corps for some time. When given the role of Gunnery Sergeant Hartman he looked over his part and told the director that drill instructors don’t talk like that. So they told him to have at it. I also think he assisted as a military reference on a few movies before FMJ.

  2. Live for Filmson 21 Feb 2012 at 9:09 am

    Good list

    I think the “I could have been a contender” from On The Waterfront was also improvised by Marlon Brando

  3. Nattybon 21 Feb 2012 at 9:38 am

    He was the man in that film.

  4. ORAon 21 Feb 2012 at 10:05 am

    R. Lee Ermey was the man in Full metal that whole sequence was his and his alone one of the few actors that Kubrick allowed to have that much freedom in a scene.

  5. Joshon 21 Feb 2012 at 10:20 am

    I’d like to nominate just about anything from Will Ferrell in Anchorman, specifically the things he said while ‘on air’. Step Brothers featured a lot of improv from Ferrell and Reilly as well, specifically the nonsense they spew during their fights.

    The “Singing in the Rain” lines from A Clockwork orange is also pretty awesome

  6. gillon 21 Feb 2012 at 10:30 am

    Not trying to be annoying but, I think you meant

    “I guess he was pretty cocky”, not “I guess we has pretty cocky.”

  7. Dresteron 21 Feb 2012 at 10:38 am

    Probably the most famous line in movie history and I don’t even know what it means.

  8. Steveon 21 Feb 2012 at 12:01 pm

    Please, somebody make a cheezeburger cat image that says “we has pretty cocky”.

  9. HarshRealityon 21 Feb 2012 at 12:10 pm

    Yeah, like the comments say. R.Lee improved his entire dialouge

  10. Jim Laheyon 21 Feb 2012 at 2:13 pm


    Beat me to it. Nice explanation.

  11. Atticuson 21 Feb 2012 at 5:37 pm

    In “Midnight Cowboy”, the famous “I’m walkin’ here” line was entirely improvised.

  12. Henryon 21 Feb 2012 at 6:50 pm

    “SHE HAS A B—GREAT ASS!!!!!!!!!”

  13. Beanie-Boyon 21 Feb 2012 at 7:58 pm

    Not a “spoken line” improvise but the scene in Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark where Harrison Ford pulls out his gun and shoots the swordsman after showing off his sword skills, originally Ford was suppossed to have a long drawn out fight with the swordsman but he and the rest of the cast got food poisoning the day shooting began, so he just pulled out his gun and shot the swordsman (not literally) as a joke because he felt so sick and the director thought it was great and left it in the film

  14. Vincenton 21 Feb 2012 at 9:27 pm

    “I guess we has pretty cocky.”

    Lysdexic much? :P

  15. MetFanMacon 22 Feb 2012 at 9:01 am

    Hopkins wasn’t making a “shooshing sound”, he was mimicking SLURPING UP THE OTHER GUY’S LIVER.

  16. Evanon 22 Feb 2012 at 8:52 pm

    It doesn’t surprise me at all that Ermey improvised his lines in Full Metal Jacket. He actually was a drill instructor in the Marine Corps. before becoming an actor.

  17. Edgarskaon 25 Feb 2012 at 6:11 am

    I just want to say that the drill sergeant scene in Full Metal Jacket is the single most amazing scene in cinema history.
    Not only unscripted scenes, but scripted as well.

  18. Joeon 06 Oct 2012 at 2:11 pm

    Taking the concept from another article and doing outside research and expanding on it in new and interesting ways can be powerful. Summarizing another article and calling it a new article is lazy. Your high school teachers would be dissapointed.

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